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I must say I’m pretty reserved about the new Ridley Scott Alien prequel, Prometheus. I have the same hunch about it as I correctly had about Avatar: way too much fuss about something that in the end is going to majorly disappoint. That TED viral, by the way, was totally ridiculous.
That said, I definitely like this viral though. Very 2001-y, Kraftwerk-y, AI-y atmosphere, with the always great Michael Fassbender. They’re of course foreshadowing the creepy Bishop character of the Alien movies. Enjoy, this is well done:
This trailer for David Cronenberg’s (Videodrome, The Fly, eXistenZ, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method) new movie looks pretty awesome. Like a kind of near-distant dystopia featuring Occupy-style protesters and slick Wall Street traders. It seems to revolve around a 24-hour trek through Manhattan, and looks pretty old-school Cronenberg.
New York City, not-too-distant-future: Eric Packer, a 28 year-old finance golden boy dreaming of living in a civilization ahead of this one, watches a dark shadow cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy, of which he is the uncontested king. As he is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut at his father’s old barber, his anxious eyes are glued to the yuan’s exchange rate: it is mounting against all expectations, destroying Eric’s bet against it. Eric Packer is losing his empire with every tick of the clock. Meanwhile, an eruption of wild activity unfolds in the city’s streets. Petrified as the threats of the real world infringe upon his cloud of virtual convictions, his paranoia intensifies during the course of his 24-hour cross-town odyssey. Packer starts to piece together clues that lead him to a most terrifying secret: his imminent assassination.
Cronenberg revisits subjects that fascinate him: how the organic and the psychological are inextricably intertwined, society’s anxieties and phobias, and letting repressed impulses and paranoia run wild. COSMOPOLIS is a culmination of his masterpieces that addresses the alarming global financial crisis of today’s world.
Awesome spacey, summery house track, and, in fact, the one that functioned as the soundtrack to the Farm Sessions 2011 trailer. Perfect to get you in the mood for a party!
Here at LSD we’ve been following the Iron Sky project for a while. This is a crowd/social media-funded movie created by independent movie makers from Finland, about Nazis from outer space. Yeah that’s right: the story is that after World War II, some Nazis fled from their Antarctic base to the dark side of the Moon, and in 2018 they’re returning to reconquer Earth. Complete with all the aesthetics that entails. Pretty campy huh?
The footage that’s being released looks increasingly cool, and here’s the third teaser trailer:
Electronic music innovator Amon Tobin is going on a tour this summer to promote his new album Isam (In Melkweg, Amsterdam on June 15). To accompany his liveset he has asked Leviathan and some other creative folks to make a revolutionary 3D video show. It consists of a structure of cubes, on which images are projected from all sides, creating a special 3D effect.
Here’s the making of/trailer:
Here’s the trailer of a documentary-in-the-making, How To Start A Revolution, about the revolutions of the past decades and the influence on them of Gene Sharp: the “Von Clausewitz of nonviolent warfare“.
Sharp is a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, who in 1973 published a book about methods of non-violent revolution called The Politics of Nonviolent Action. In the book (which I didn’t read), Sharp presents an analysis of the state as a power complex designed to keep citizens subservient, through a variety of political and administrative institutions (courts, policy, regulatory bodies) and cultural norms (religion, leadership cult, moral norms).
If that doesn’t sound too original (think Foucault and every theorist concerned with despotism and state power since Hobbes), what’s special about Sharp is that he presents a whole list of possible methods of nonviolent resistance. From boycotts to strikes, to using colors, to sit-ins, to empowering women and children, to employing peaceful symbols, Sharp seems to draw on methods and techniques of protest and revolution from Louis Blanqui to Gandhi to the New Left.
Sharp’s work (which includes way more titles, check his bibliography here), in turn, seems to have influenced to some extent the Eastern European revolutions of the late 1980s, the color (almost-)revolutions of Ukraine and Iran, to the Arab Spring in Egypt and Tunisia. Check the trailer to see how that plays out.
Now, I’m a bit hesitant to say that this person was “the brain” behind all those complex revolutions, and have the idea that Sharp’s influence is exaggerated a bit much by Western commentators (like as usual at the NYT). Yet, his ideas have been denounced by dictators ranging from Hugo Chavez to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Sharp’s other important book From Dictatorship to Democracy, moreover, seems to have influenced civic youth movements from Serbia (during the overthrow of Milosevic) to Ukraine to Belarus, who again are said to have taught nonviolent revolutionary skills to each other and to the Arab youth protesters.
So anyway, check the trailer below, interesting stuff!
Gene Sharp is a shy, modest and little-known man. But his work has inspired a generation of people to challenge dictators through non-violent action in a tidal wave of revolutionary spirit and reform that has swept from Eastern Europe, though Asia and to the Middle East and North Africa.
18 months ago we started work on this feature-length documentary. Through the candid and intimate testimony of the people responsible for non-violent revolutions our film seeks to tell the story of how people power can be used topple dictators.
To make this film our director (Ruaridh Arrow pictured above) slept overnight in Tahrir Square in Cairo at the height of the February revolution. He’s met the leaders of the Syrian pro-democracy movement and the people responsible for overthrowing dictators in Serbia and Ukraine. He has spent time with Gene and his colleagues as they spread their message of effective non-violent revolution.
The film reveals how the leaders of an uprising in one country train the participants in the next and how social media now threatens dictators and tyrants around the world in ways that were unimaginable just a decade ago.
Not only is this documentary an important film of record of the civil uprisings that have shaken the world in the last decade but we also hope it will help inspire future pro-democracy movements develop their strategies for non-violent revolution in the face of apparently overwhelming odds.
Awesome fan-based fake trailer for the movie George Lucas Strikes Back. In which the real George Lucas, kidnapped 20 years ago, escapes to take revenge on his doppleganger who is responsible for the three horrible Star Wars prequel movies and ruined his good name.
“We’re both huge fans of the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones films and thought it would make sense if the stuff that came out more recently was the result of George Lucas getting Oldboyed,” Litzenberg said in an e-mail to Wired.com, “and then for kind of the ultimate geek fantasy when he takes his revenge as violently as possible.”
The clip shows Lucas enraged by what’s being done to the Star Wars name. The director escapes from his captors and gathers up a revenge crew to take on stormtroopers, a coked-up Darth Maul and others running amok with his creation.
“When I heard about midi-chloreans, only one thought kept me going: Find the man who made the prequels and destroy him,” the fake Lucas swears.
The first HD gameplay trailer of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Looks pretty damn good, nice that they’re giving a bit of a dark, Conan the Barbarian like twist to it, after the fairytale world of Oblivion.
kudos to lesley
This is a movie I’m going to want to see (trailer gets pretty dark near the end). Reviews here.
Here at LSD, a special place is reserved for the issue of the clown in modern society. While we recently paid attention to clowns exercising their civil rights, I would also like to recommend again here the French short movie “Le Queloune”, about a clown who returns from the grave as a zombie.
This fake trailer explores another issue: what would happen if one suddenly couldn’t remove one’s clown make up? Makes for a great horror movie.
via Minds Delight
Geniaal. Zien we daar een moordlustige Sinterklaas die met een flamethrower bestreden wordt?
Pretty well done Star Trek vs. Star Wars mashup trailer. I love the Picard vs. Emperor Palpatine sequence.
A new “No-Budget Film” called Project London, created by 250 volunteers with open source software, is about to be completed. Looks great for a movie without a budget! Check out this trailer: